OldHammer Dwarves

Here are some old Warhammer Fantasy Dwarves from my collection. These are metal Dwarf miners, which are over twenty years old now.

I enjoyed painting these at the time I remember, liking the blue uniforms, the snowy bases and the candles on the helmets. They reminded me very much of the dwarf army I had back in the 1980s and I liked the style of the sculpting from Colin Dixon.

I also had a pack of the drunken dwarves from the same era, which also included one of the miners above.

I think my plan at the time was to paint a complete Warhammer Fantasy Dwarf army using this scheme.

There were a fair few models in this range and I now wish I had managed to get more of them.

However after painting these six dwarves, I didn’t get any further with the army, and didn’t buy any more models, as I got distracted by other games and models. I have a few more part-painted dwarves, so might think about painting them to make a least a small skirmish force.

Dwarf Anvil of Doom

Dwarf Anvil of Doom on display at Warhammer World.

Dwarf Anvil of Doom
Dwarf Anvil of Doom at Warhammer World

The Anvils of Doom are ancient devices forged with great skill by the Runesmiths of old in the bowels of the Thunder Mountain. Using the energy of the volcano’s heart, Kurgaz, the most skilled of the old ones, melted gromril to forge the anvils. As they cooled, Kurgaz beat the Rune of Sorcery onto each gleaming anvil.

Another view from Games Day 2005. (includes the forge).

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Old School Chaos Dwarfs

These Chaos Dwarfs were on display at Warhammer World.

Chaos Dwarfs on display at Warhammer World

I think these were the kinds of figures that really put me off Warhammer at the time they were released. Those tall hats and flat end guns.

Throw in weird centaurs and those beards….

Chaos Dwarfs on display at Warhammer World

I have never been a fan of Chaos, but these miniatures didn’t for me work. I did however like the original Chaos Dwarf concept. I did get some of these models. This one with a fantasy bazooka is from my collection.

 Chaos Dwarf with Bazooka
Chaos Dwarf with Bazooka

This concept was more about “normal” dwarfs who had been corrupted by Chaos and more often than not looked like short Chaos Warriors.

Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer

On my most recent visit to Warhammer World there was the lovely model of the Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer at Warhammer World.

Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer at Warhammer World.
Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer at Warhammer World.

Thorgrim Grudgebearer is the current High King of the Dwarfs and the ruler of Karaz-a-Karak. He is a throwback to the High Kings of old — eager for new conquests, mighty in battle, and a merciless enemy. Yet upon his worn brow, there also sits a pearl of great wisdom, and he is able to uphold the ancient traditions as well as to accept, if not embrace these needed changes, such as alliances and new technology. Thorgrim is forever brooding upon how to return his people to their former glory. As the ultimate ruler of the Dwarfs, the Dammaz Kron or the Great Book of Grudges is entrusted into his honourable keeping.

This model was painted years ago (years and years ago). Here is the same model from Games Day 2005.

Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer
Dwarf High King Thorgrim Grudgebearer

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Space Dwarfs

Here are a couple of very old Space Dwarfs, which were from the very early days of Warhammer 40000.

Space Dwarfs

There is a commander with power fist and one dwarf with a heavy bolter. These dwarves were in many ways like the Imperial Guard of that era but with shorter legs. As a result they weren’t as popular with gamers. They did evolve a little into the biker gangs (which I didn’t like) and then were unsummarily deleted from the range by Games Workshop.